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Manhood and American political culture in the Cold War
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Cuordileone, Kyle A., 1959-
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9780415925990

9780415926003
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New York : Routledge, 2005.
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xxiii, 282 pages ; 23 cm
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Manhood and American Political Culture in the Cold Warnbsp;explores the meaning of anxiety as expressed through the political and cultural language of the early cold war era. Cuordileone shows how the preoccupation with the soft, malleable American character reflected not only anti-Communism but acute anxieties about manhood and sexuality. Reading major figures like Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Adlai Stevenson, Joseph McCarthy, Norman Mailer, JFK, and many lesser known public figures, Cuordileone reveals how the era's cult of toughness shaped the political dynamics of the time and inspired a reinvention of the liberal as a cold warrior.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. vii
Chapter 1 Postwar Liberalism and the Crisis of Liberal Masculinityp. 1
"Politics in an Age of Anxiety"p. 5
Masculinity in Crisis?p. 9
Not Left, Not Right, but a Vital Centerp. 17
Chapter 2 Anti-Communism on the Right: The Politics of Perversionp. 37
"Twenty Years of Treason"p. 40
Panic on the Potomacp. 49
Pinks, Lavenders, and Redsp. 67
Adelaidep. 88
Chapter 3 Conformity, Sexuality, and the Beleaguered Male Self of the 1950sp. 97
Imprisoned in Brotherhoodp. 105
Manhood and Conformityp. 118
The Unmanning of American Menp. 124
The Flight from Masculinityp. 145
Must You Conform?p. 152
Chapter 4 Reinventing the Liberal as Supermanp. 167
Affluence and Its Discontentsp. 172
Kennedy vs. Nixonp. 180
The Liberal as Playboyp. 194
The Cult of Toughnessp. 201
The Counterinsurgentp. 220
Afterwordp. 237
Notesp. 247